Garlic mustard removal planned for Magoon Creek

MANISTEE COUNTY – Many people are familiar with garlic mustard – the pesky invasive plant that takes over landscapes at this time of year and spreads in the undergrowth of the forests. Its shade tolerance and dominant growth can easily be adopted by native plants that want to establish themselves as well – species such as trillium, trout lilies, spring beauties, and young tree saplings.

Introduced in the nineteenth century as a food source – the entire plant is edible – it escaped cultivation and now its removal is a priority for landowners and land managers alike.

National Invasive Species Awareness Week coincides with garlic and mustard season, and the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network is hoping that volunteers will join them at workbees scheduled later this week.

The goal will be to remove garlic mustard in natural areas in Benzie, Grand Traverse, Leelanau, and Manistee Counties. These are also great opportunities to learn about invasive species management, practice your plant identification skills, and get outdoors.

The workbees are geared towards the safety of COVID-19 and are limited to 25 people. Masks are required when working nearby. There is an opportunity to spread out at all locations.

ISN also ask volunteers to bring their own work gloves and water bottles to avoid tools and other equipment from being shared.

All events take place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and take place at the following locations:

• Grand Traverse County – May 8th in Hickory Meadows, Traverse City;

• Benzie County – May 18 in Tank Hill, Frankfurt;

• Leelanau County – May 19 in the Clay Cliffs Natural Area, Leland; and

• Manistee County – May 20 in Magoon Creek, Filer Township.

Interested parties can register online at www.HabitatMatters.org/events.

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